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Squatters Move into Pueblo Duplex and Refuse to Leave

IN Pueblo, Colorado, Myrtis Johnson’s tenant moved of her duplex, but before she could re-rent it, squatters broke into it and moved in and refused to leave. Ms Johnson and many others in this situation find it “pretty ridiculous” that they have to then go to court to get the trespasser out.

This video shows a news reporter confronting the squatters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLoaoOex_k

This kind of situation has engraged and stressed out so many property owners, neighbors and communities, that some municipalities or states are working to change the law in order to make it possible to remove squatters much more quickly. Colorado is trying to make it possible to remove squatters within 24 hrs, which is far more reasonable than the months it can currently take to remove a criminal who has trespassed or even broken into someone’s home.

See here for info on the proposed Colorado law: https://pagetwo.completecolorado.com/2018/01/11/squatters-may-be-sent-packing-by-new-law/

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“Report Squatters” Website to Help Minimize Squatter Problem

There is a new tool in the limited arsenal that property owners have to deal with squatters. Because the laws pertaining to squatting have not sufficiently caught up with the reality of this phenomenon and the extent to which people are able to abuse the system, the existing options of legal responses to squatter problems are often woefully inadequate. As many of the stories here demonstrate, often police and the court system offer only meagre assistance with an ongoing squatter problem, and the help offered may be insufficient, delayed, expensive, or even unavailable.

At this news article https://www.ktnv.com/news/new-website-helping-solve-squatter-problem-in-las-vegas , mention is made of a new organization or business which seeks to provide assistance to those who are either presently dealing with squatters or who want to try to keep their property free from squatters.

This organization is called Report Squatters and their website is here:

https://reportsquatters.com/

Seattle Squatter Camps in Yards of Vacant Homes, Breaks In

A squatter who some are characterizing as dangerous and as having a history of mental illness, has been repeatedly camping in the yard of a vacant home which the owner has been preparing for sale. As described in this article, , when the owner confronted several squatters who were camped in her yard, one of them told her that the house was his and accused her, the home’s owner, of trespassing on her own property. She would call the police and he would leave before police arrived, but then once police went, he would return again.

The homeowner’s brother says he has found out who the squatter is and has plans to take care of this problem himself if the police once again fail to help, as they did previously.

Brian said that he has found the squatter’s name, license plate, and address, and has found out disturbing information about the squatter.

“The guy is very dangerous,” Brian said. “He has a history of mental illness. His family has removed him from the family situation.”

The squatter has gone to neighbors’ houses pretending to be pest control to gain information about residents on the street and access to their homes.

To protect his sister, Brian plans to take justice into his own hands.

“We’re going to flip the script on him and go terrorize him,” Brian said.

“The police aren’t showing up. What are we supposed to do?” Brian said. “My sister’s livelihood is at stake here and nobody is doing anything. So what do we do at this point?”

This story asks the important question….what do you do when you call the police and they dont’ come???

This image is not of the actual squatter in this story, but is meant to suggest the problem of someone setting up a tent on private property on someone’s yard.

Tent squatter

Beware Homeless Squatters on Private Land!

Most are aware that there has been an explosion of homelessness on the West Coast of the USA in particular, and this has given rise to a large number of illegal homeless camps set up in a variety of places on public land. What many may not realize is that some homeless campers set themselves up by trespassing on private land, and then squatting illegally there.

As reported in this article, one property owner in Aberdeen WA has been having many problems with up to 100 homeless squatters who keep returning to squat on his land after he removes them.

Homeless advocates and police are both pointing fingers at the landowner, taking issue with him not doing things the right way, but clearly the property owner is the victim in this situation. What should he have to do, erect giant 20 ft walls around the periphery of his property? It should not be all the burden of any particular landowner to keep people out, and when trespassers are found, it should not require a court process to remove them. This is trespassing plain and simple, folks.

Sandrea Calhoun, Serial Squatter

Sandrea Calhoun is a professional squatter.  As stated in this news article:

The woman who moved into Patel’s home, Sandrea Calhoun, has a history of squatting. Court records show that she owes former landlords tens of thousands of dollars. She often pays one month’s rent, and then waits to be evicted. Sometimes, she just finds vacant homes and moves right in with her five children.

“She’s a pro at this,” Tromaine Langham, a former landlord, said. “She’s done this before and she knows exactly what she’s doing.”

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Not only does Calhoun move in and then refuse to pay rent, but while living at the premises, she destroys and trashes the place, as stated in the article:

It took Langham nine months to formally evict Calhoun from the property, and by the time he did, she had destroyed it.

“The conditions when I got there were just deplorable,” Langham remembers. “I walked in and there was broken glass, broken windows, closet doors, bedroom doors smashed. Maggots were just all over the kitchen and in the stove area. I had to totally gut [it] and get that replaced.”

All in, he said, it was $52,000 worth of damage.

Calhoun

Sandrea apparently also likes to brag on her FaceBook page about her dastardly deeds:

At the same time, Calhoun was posting videos and photos to her Facebook page, bragging about her “new homes.”

Jean Marc Maujean and Danielle Lee Maujean evicted from North London Property…and other tenants from hell

Some “tenants from hell” type videos can be found on YouTube, here is one from a United Kingdom TV series:

Jean Marc Maujean and Danielle Lee Maujean evicted from North London Property

This is one episode from the UK TV series, “Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords” where the producers highlight particularly egregious cases of bad tenants or slum landlords in the United Kingdom.

In this case, which begins at about 10 minutes 45 seconds in on the 1 hr episode, you’ll hear landlord Yossi Harel  tell the story.  While living overseas, he rented his family home to tenants Jean Marc Maujean and Danielle Lee Maujean, who he thought would be perfect tenants because they were both teachers.  But as shown in this episode, they ended up almost causing him to lose his property.  They didn’t pay rent for 8 months, racking up an incredible 16,000 British Pounds Sterling in unpaid rent, Tenant Jean Marc Maujean (2)
Which comes to about $20,890.00 in equivalent US Dollars.  Rent owed 16000 pounds (2)

This landlord, as you can imagine, struggled mightily to pay his mortgage without ANY rental income for 8 months from his deadbeat tenants.  He says that he had to take out loans, and ask his family for support.
After going through months of a court process, landlord Harel finally gets a writ from the court to take possession of the property.  The tenant Jean-Marc has been notified of the date of the eviction, so he knows very well the date he’ll be removed from the property if he isn’t out, but still he has not left when the agent from the Eviction agency arrives. He states that he’s petitioned the court to postpone the eviction date, beyond the 8 months he’s already lived there rent-free.  Tenant Jean tries to postpone (2)

The agent from the Eviction Agency states that he has noted “There’s no sign of packing at all, there’s just like a denial that it’s going to happen.”  The Eviction agent says that the tenant failed to show them any relevant court paperwork, and  it appears “The tenant tried to evade the system” but that game didn’t work.  Tenant tried to evade the system (2)

Incredibly, after refusing to pay rent for 8 months, the tenant Jean-Marc then begs the landlord asking if he can stay another 2 weeks for free, just until his child is out of school.  “Everything is expensive” he says, as if failing to appreciate that his landlord has expenses too.  Jean Marc Maujean talking to Landlord Harel (2)
I dont’ know the law in the UK, but in the USA in many areas, if a landlord doesn’t carry out the eviction on the day for which it is scheduled, and gives the tenant “extra time” , it is quite possible that the entire eviction would become voided and the landlord would have to go to court all over again.  Thus, a landlord should never give in to sob stories on eviction day and postpone the eviction.  Particularly when it has been 8 months in coming, a tenant has had plenty of opportunity to get prepared to go.
In this case, as the eviction agency seized some of the tenant’s belongings to pay the debt owed to the landlord, the landlord commented on the value of some of the brand-name things seized.  Gucci items, Ugg boots, expensive flat screen TV systems with surround sound, patio furniture, a backyard trampoline, were all bought during the same period of time that this tenant was not paying rent.  The landlords’ conclusion is “They have money, they just decided not to pay.”

Another series on bad tenants and their evictions; this one in USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWWJe-Db64I

David Rhodes & Ashley Hunter Break into Home, squat there, and Homeowner has to go to court to get them out

Once again, someone broke into a home and began squatting in it, and the property owner stood by helpless as the law told him he could not interevene.
This kind of thing seems insane — people BREAK INTO your home, haul a bunch of their belongings into it and start living there, and the police say they can’t do anything about it. They will tell you “it’s a civil matter” and that “you have to go to court” to get them out…which can take weeks or months.

This has been happening all over the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, where badly thought out laws protect the squatter, rather than the homeowner.

That happened again recently in Colorado Springs, when David Rhodes and his girlfriend Ashley Hunter broke into a home and just started living in it. They actually changed the locks on the house as well, so that the homeowner could not get in.

Here’s the story about it:

https://ru-clip.com/video/2UShw7jW0jg/deputies-evict-squatters-who-took-over-couples-home.html

Jamison Bachman, Serial Squatter, moves in as Roommate, Tries to Force People out of Their Own Homes

This is a truly scary story about a really really bad tenant, originally published here in New York Magazine, and a shorter summary of the story published again here on Business Insider.

From the Business Insider article:

The accounts from Bachman’s previous victims are harrowing. According to New York, Bachman would steal belongings from his victims, fill their toilets with cat litter, and knock down doors, all the while keeping himself in the clear legally. It wasn’t about the free rent, New York Mag reported — it seemed Bachman took pleasure in watching his victims suffer through his misbehavior and lose the will to fight for their homes.

“Nothing they did could satisfy or appease him, because the objective was not material gain but, seemingly, the sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm as he displaced them,” the report says.

The story doesn’t end there. It’s worth reading the New York Mag piece in its entirety, but suffice to say it takes a tragic, grisly turn as the author discovers more and more details about Bachman’s past.

Worst Roommate Ever (2)

The young Philadelphia woman named Alex Miller needed a roommate, and Jed Creek (a fictitious name, it turned out) seemed to fit the bill. It was odd that he wanted to move in right away, and odd that his checks did not have a name or address on them, but she overlooked these things and let him move in right away. Luckily his check cleared the next day (it might not have — it’s a really bad idea to let someone move in before cashing their check, not depositing it)

Jamison Bachman check

Then things got worse. “Jed” refused to pay for utilities. Then “strange things began to happen”, such as his removal of light bulbs from a light fixture, and his removal of ALL the dining room chairs from the dining room. Then,

…he began sprinkling his speech with legalese. When they argued, he accused her of breaking “the covenant of quiet enjoyment,” a technical phrase Miller recognized from her days working for a real-estate agent. When he found a cigarette butt in the toilet bowl one afternoon, he told her flatly that he would not be paying the next month’s rent. As a paralegal, “you should know about the warranty of habitability,” he texted her.

At this point, Alex told her mother about her serious concerns about her new roommate, and her mother began doing a Google search and found out that “Jed Creek is not who he says he is.”

He was Jamison Bachman, and on the other side of town, a few years before, he had moved in with another woman into her home, and began to try to force her out of it.

Creek’s legal name was Jamison Bachman. In 2012, Bachman had shown up at the home of a woman across town named Melissa Frost, claiming to be a New Yorker whose home had been destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Overcome with pity, Frost let him in — and nearly lost her house. In an expensive and frightening ordeal that dragged on for months, Bachman slowly laid claim to the space, using his intricate knowledge of tenancy laws to stay one step ahead of her. He scuffed up the floors, kicked down the doors, and clogged the toilets with cat litter. “He went from being this cordial, polite person who understood he was a guest in my house,” Frost said in one of the articles, “to someone who was approaching me aggressively and flat-out saying, ‘This is my house now.’ ”

But Bachman wasn’t a poor person looking for a free ride. Rather he was more of a sadist, whose real interest was in torturing people he had moved in with:

Bachman, these stories made clear, was a serial squatter operating on a virtuosic scale, driving roommate after roommate into court and often from their home. But Bachman wasn’t a typical squatter in that he did not appear especially interested in strong-arming his way to free rent (although he often granted himself that privilege); instead, he seemed to relish the anguish of those who had taken him in without realizing that they would soon be pulled into a terrifying battle for their home. Nothing they did could satisfy or appease him, because the objective was not material gain but, seemingly, the sadistic pleasure of watching them squirm as he displaced them.

With several of those he victimized, the first signs of trouble were so minor they were easy to overlook.

Often, the first signs of trouble were easy to downplay: In many cases, roommates came home to find a chandelier removed, a bookshelf filled with unfamiliar books, a couch or potted plant shifted slightly this way or that. These incursions, almost imperceptible, seemed calculated to unsettle.

Eventually things would escalate to the point where it was clear there was a war going on.

Time and again, Bachman’s roommates were informed that some minor discomfort they’d inflicted upon him (a dirty living room, a dish left in the sink) had voided their lease — and meant that Bachman wouldn’t be paying his rent. They considered him a guest in their home, but he made it clear that he saw it the other way around. “The effort he put into doing this was life-consuming,” Frost told me. “When things got bad between us, he stopped leaving the house, because he thought I might change the locks.” To her, Bachman appeared to function as if he were “at war.”

At some point, in each case, legal threats would be made against the women he was living with:

Bachman wrote to Frost in fury: “YOU ARE THE PROXIMATE CAUSE OF MY CAT’S DISAPPEARANCE AND PRESUMED DEATH … DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH ME AGAIN UNLESS IT IS THROUGH YOUR ATTORNEY.”

When one woman nicely tried to mediate a peaceful exit, it became clear what his intentions were

You’ve got your whole life in front of you. You’re pretty, and you’re talented, and you’ve got this house — well, you don’t have this house anymore. This house is my house.’ It was like something out of a movie.”

In one of the scariest situations, when a woman attempted to evict Bachman, going to court to file papers for the eviction, he retaliated by claiming she had come at him with a knife, and police arrested her, so the result was that for a period of time, she was forbidden from entering her own home!!

Alex Miller was finally able to get Bachman out of her home, when after having a party with a lot of friends over, intentionally trying to annoy him as much as possible, he lunged at her with a knife and was later arrested.
Jamison Bachman

Jamison Bachman’s brother Harry bailed him out of jail, but a fight between them must have ensued, because Harry was found dead, and the evidence pointed to Jamison. Jamison Bachman was taken to jail again, where he later was found dead. He had hanged himself.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Elkins-Park-Murder-Home-Homicide-Montgomery-County-Pennsylvania-455251083.html

http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/26/worst-roommate-ever-turned-out-to-be-a-killer-7343014/

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I dont’ think I’ve ever in my life come across as scary a “bad roommate” story as this one!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/the-viral-story-of-a-serial-squatter-who-forced-a-dozen-people-from-their-homes-holds-a-sobering-lesson-for-anyone-in-need-of-a-roommate/ar-BBJqYgV?li=BBnbfcL&item=personalization_enabled%3Afalse

Anthony Loquiao and Gayalea Risley Squat in Antioch

Debra Stewart, the Berkeley property owner of a house in Antioch had owned it since 2005, and put it on the market. One day her realtor came by the house, and discovered that people were living in it — these were the squatters, Anthony Loquiao and Gayalea Risely. Loquiao and Risley said that they had a lease agreement and had paid a deposit to live there, and filed a temporary restraining order against the realtor!

The dastardly duo refused to show Stewart their lease agreement, and she discovered that they had two unlawful detainer or eviction lawsuits filed against them in 2010.

Loquiao Unlawful detainer (2)

Loquiao UD 1 (2)

Loquiao UD 2 (2)

The article summarizes regarding the problem of squatters:

Regardless of the circumstances, Case says the Thistlewood incident underscores the need for East Contra Costa cities to make it tougher for people to illegally move into vacant homes. Some squatters are coaxing banks into paying them thousands of dollars to leave homes ready for sale, Case said.

And indicates that the city of Pittsburg is doing very well on trying to deter this problem:

Pittsburg is the East Contra Costa city that makes it hardest for squatters, requiring renters to come in with property owners or present a notarized rental agreement to turn on water, along with a $250 deposit. Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley don’t have such rules, Case said.

“They’re ahead of the curve. (In other cities), I’ve resorted to telling my homeowners to let the yards go (by turning off water service) and making sure to have alarms on the property,” she said.

See the story here:

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2012/04/27/realtor-fights-restraining-order-from-antioch-house-squatters/